Smart Schools investment plan

New York voters in 2014 approved the statewide Smart Schools Bond Act referendum, which authorizes the state to borrow up to $2 billion to finance technology improvements in schools throughout the state. The Niskayuna Central School District was allocated $1.49 million. The use of Smart Schools funding does not require any local contribution from school districts.

  • Phase 1 of the district’s plan replaced the security camera system throughout the district ($488,000) in 2018.
  • Phase 2 of the district’s plan replaced the Network Infrastructure across all buildings in the district ($761,000) in 2021.
As part of Phase 3, the district will be replacing the Building Access System that controls card access to the buildings at a cost of $79,000.  The district’s plan for Phase 3 will be submitted to the New York State Education Department after a 30-day comment period.  NYSED approval is anticipated in late 2023 or early 2024.